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FRIDAY-SUNDAY

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage festival is one of North America’s biggest roots-music bashes, taking over several weekends in the Big Easy every spring. The folks behind Gumbo Jam are bringing a mini facsimile to Maryland. On tap will be a potpourri of contemporary cajun, bluegrass, blues, and zydeco artists. Louisiana is well represented by a coterie of cajun and zydeco’s leading lights: Beausoleil avec Michael Doucet, Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys, File, Buckwheat Zydeco, Tony Delafose Zydeco Band, and Geno Delafose & French Rockin’ Boogie. Marcia Ball and her funky, New Orleans-style R&B band will showcase another side of the Bayou State’s rich musical heritage. Carrying the flag for progressive bluegrass are the Sam Bush Band, Salamander Crossing, and local heroes Chesapeake, all of whom blend bluegrass with varying bits of rock, country, and folk. If Bush’s name is familiar, it’s because he’s the fiddle and mandolin wizard who led pioneering fusionists New Grass Revival for more than a decade. Adding a few more flavors to this festive weekend will be honky-tonk/western swing stars Don Walser (pictured) & Pure Texas, along with Brave Combo, which began as a twisted polka unit, but now applies its unique sensibilities to all sorts of dance tunes. Its go-go funk version of the children’s chestnut “Hokey Pokey” must be heard (and seen) to be believed! The gumbo jams from 10 a.m.-midnight Friday & Saturday, July 17 & 18, and 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday, July 19, at Anne Arundel Fairgrounds, Route 178, Annapolis. $25 each day, $50 weekend pass. (202) 463-0200 or (877) 486-2652. (Ken Roseman)